Hospitals and their information systems are often in need of upgrades to keep up with the pace of our aging population. Data management can go a long way in easing this strain, but a number of situations unique to hospital systems can limit data management effectiveness.
We have either read about or been directly involved in system implementations that have not been delivered on time or performed exactly as promised. The impact can range from lost revenue to lost careers for the people who built the system. For hospital systems, though, the stakes are much higher. Downtime of systems can have a direct life-or-death impact on patients. Because many business owners group all applications, transactional and analytic, into "the system," there is a unique challenge in deploying data management solutions in this environment.
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